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Mid & Senior Level Interior Designer / Architect

Dawson Design Associates, Inc. Dawson Design Associates, Inc. Employer:
Seattle, WA, USLocation:
Mon, May 9 '22Posted on:
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Mid & Senior Level Interior Designer/Architect

Seattle, WA and Brighton, UK

Dawson Design Associates is hiring a mid/senior level interior designer/architect to join its team in Seattle, USA or Brighton, UK.

Dawson Design Associates is an award-winning and internationally recognized creative design agency specializing in luxury level lifestyle hospitality. We are seeking both mid and senior level interior architects and interior designers, ideally with some project management experience to join both our Seattle and our Brighton offices. Our firm is a close-knit team of dedicated and artistically talented professionals who bring to each project the full power of our collective experience and insight. We offer growth opportunity for passionate, career minded individuals. Our diverse team is international, as are our designers. All receive individualized training and mentoring, highly competitive salaries, a collaborative team environment, and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our extended formalized training for hospitality, our own DDA Grad School program, includes testing, homework and study abroad possibilities including international industry trade shows. Both our offices are growing, and we are looking for dynamic designers who are ready and willing to build their careers and their future with DDA.

At DDA we train holistic designers that understand all aspects of producing a project and that can think and solve problems for themselves. You will be expected to learn all aspects of design including interior design, interior architecture and hotel operations and work in all phases of design and production.

Please note – this is not a remote (work from home) position. We work collaboratively and brainstorm most effectively as a group. Though some days are work from home days, it depends on the phase of the project and the experience of the individual. You will be expected to physically come to the office many days a week. Remote individuals need not apply.

The successful candidate must possess: 

  • creative talent and professionalism
  • great communication skills
  • an undergraduate or graduate degree in Architecture or Interior Design from an accredited university
  • five to ten years’ of professional work experience in interior architecture for hospitality design, restaurant design, or retail design with some project management experience ideal
  • interior architects should be comfortable in conceptually developing 3D space, have a solid understanding of luxury level detailing including interior finishes, millwork, joinery detailing and fabrication drawings and very experienced in creating interior architecture permit sets of construction drawings
  • interior designers should have a solid understanding of luxury style and trends internationally, with sound product knowledge. Must be confident and comfortable in creating stylized FF&E vignettes with strong color and material skills
  • articulate in English both verbally and in writing. DDA is 80% comprised of Internationals from around the globe. English is the common language and you must be fluent and easily understood
  • knowledge of construction terminology and fabrication is required for both positions
  • interior designers must have experience in producing custom furniture drawings for tender, buyout specifications and commercial code knowledge for fire and durability
  • experience tracking construction progress and working with contractors and purchasing agents from execution of drawings through completion and punch lists
  • advanced skills in AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop, including layering, FTP coordination, rendering and 3D applications
  • experience in managing and tracking a project from the initial concept phase to completed construction
  • experience managing and scheduling a small team
  • a willingness and eagerness to mentor and train junior design staff
  • comfortable and confident working under dead line and under pressure, while still delivering outstanding results
  • highly organized and process-oriented
  • high energy and enthusiasm
  • a desire to work in a team setting and an excitement to share knowledge and ideas with others
  • a strong work ethic, sense of professionalism, and a desire to constantly learn

Preferred qualifications: 

  • experience with SketchUp and the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop
  • on-site and construction administration experience
  • the ability to occasionally travel
  • superior hand-drawing and sketching ability

To thrive here in this position:

You must be passionate about our work and projects, be curious, and love the process of discovery. We are always seeking candidates who are stimulated by challenge and have a knack for staying highly creative and focused regardless of the environment or situation. Your ability to thrive, both as a team member and independently, is essential.  Your desire to constantly produce drawings and design of the highest quality will make you a vital member of the DDA team.

DDA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equal opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, maternity, marriage, civil partnership, citizenship, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable law.

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